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Careers Programme: Years 10-11

Careers Education is predominantly taught as part of the PACE programme. 

Year 10 - "Get ready for the world of work"

  • Students will revisit their action plan, and reassess their personal strengths and skills. They will be encouraged to continue to develop these.
  • Students will revisit their wants from work.
  • Students are encouraged to link specific potential careers to strengths and skills required, and lifestyles associated with them. 
  • Students will learn their rights and responsibilities in the working world.
  • Students will explore what a CV is, and how to write a good CV. They are encouraged to start writing a CV, and if any gaps are highlighted during this process, will explore how to develop these areas further.
  • Students will explore interview techniques, and will develop these through practice.
  • Students will start to think about the financial aspects of work, including budgeting, financial planning, tax, and interpreting payslip information.
  • Students are encouraged to attend careers talks and fairs.
  • Students are encouraged to continue to use the careers resources available to them.
  • Students have optional access to independent guidance (Form tutor or Head of Year referral).

Year 11 - "Thinking ahead to 16+"

  • Students are helped with post 16 choices and informed about all their options, including 6th form study, colleges, UTC’s, and apprenticeships.
  • Students are given the opportunity to hear about A-Level subjects available to them, from both teachers and current pupils.
  • A small, selected group of pupils will be given the opportunity to complete a week of work experience. They will be encouraged to critically reflect on their experience; what they have learnt, and what skills they have used and developed.
  • Students are encouraged to continue to use careers resources available to them to continue to investigate which careers appeal, and what skills and qualifications are needed for them.
  • Students will have an interview with an independent careers adviser. At this time they will agree their personal action plan for the future, and identify what specific action is required to achieve these goals.
  • Students should use their careers interviews to help understand the different career pathways and entry requirements, and are encouraged to make contingency plans should their results be better/worse than expected.
  • Students are encouraged to attend careers talks, fairs, and open days.
  • Students are further encouraged to set high expectations of themselves by learning about University life and Degree Apprenticeships.
  • Students are given the opportunity to take the Morrisby test to help identify potential career pathways (students opt-in, and charge applies).